This week’s Supernatural keeps hitting home with ‘Mamma Mia’ and the sweet, yet badass Mary Winchester.
Nevermind Lucifer, the British Men of Letters are proving to be a real, unpredictable threat. Operation Rescue Sam is finally successful in ‘Mamma Mia’, and it’s all thanks to both Mary, and Dean reading books. Yep. It’s a common pet peeve of many Supernatural fans that Dean is often treated as someone stupid, when he has proved time and time again to be more clever than he lets on. No punch would have been more satisfying than having Dean own Lady Antonia because he read a book. Speaking of which, Lady Antonia is proving to be the Umbridge of this season. Forget Lucifer, Crowley, or Rowena… I’m used to being afraid of this series’ villains, but few Supernatural characters have made me so mad as Lady Antonia does. Her indifference when torturing the brothers, both physically and mentally (implying mental rape), was sickening and proved that she lacks empathy. Even Mick (Adam Fergus), his MOL companion, disapproved of her methods and stated that she would be getting punished back in London. Mick prefers words over weapons and says that, while it’s true that they don’t agree with American hunters’ methods, he would also like to work together on this. Sam and Dean don’t trust him, and the truth is that it’s hard to. Not only is it suspicious that he didn’t interrupt the torture session sooner, but he also didn’t exactly say what his proposal was. Besides, there’s that suspicious gunman coming from England too.
‘Mamma Mia’ introduces another new character: Vince Vincente (Rick Springfield). Vince, a rockstar who can’t move on after his girlfriend’s death, is possessed by Lucifer. Not sure how much we should really care about Vince’s life, as his role seems to be very similar to Nick‘s in Season 4. Coincidentally, Crowley and Rowena’s B-plot for this episode was the search for the Archangel. Things are different this time around, though. Rowena is done with her previous life involving the supernatural as she actually wants to move on. However, she’s denied of that wish when she’s tricked by her son, and left to be Lucifer’s slave (something that she probably would have been happy about last season). I’ll never get tired of seeing Lucifer in this show, and the truth is that Springfield’s performance makes him look as menacing as he’s supposed to be. However, I’m still wondering how this will fit into the more down-to-earth, hunter-related theme of this season. Rowena has already claimed that she wants to move on, and Crowley barely even feels like a threat to the boys anymore. Besides, the King of Hell is probably a necessary evil in order to have some sort of good/evil balance, but who and how is going to put Lucifer back in the cage now?
Mary is the gift that keeps on giving. Dean confesses to Cas that he feels (understandably) awkward around Mary. As I mentioned last week, it must be hard for everyone, no matter how happy they are to be reunited. Dean was too young to remember much of her, and to Sam, she was barely an idea. On Mary’s side, her little kids are now grown-up adults who are nearly as old as she was when she died. It’s weird, and it’s going to take a long time until they can feel comfortable with the situation. I have to give props to the writers for portraying this situation as realistically as possible. Mary’s presence also offers an opportunity for a lot of throwbacks, like her bringing up John or her deal with Azrael, or Sam giving her John’s journal. Hell, even Ruby and Benny were mentioned in this episode! All of that, along with the return of the more personal themes, and the less saturated, darker palette, makes Season 12 feels like the show is back to its roots.